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How Queen Elizabeth Is Doing After Prince Philip's Death

Hilary Weaver
·2 min read
How Queen Elizabeth Is Doing After Prince Philip's Death

Prince Philip died on Friday, April 9 at the age of 99. He was just two months way from his 100th birthday.

In its statement, the Palace wrote that "it is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen has announced the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle."

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Philip and Queen Elizabeth were married for 73 years; their wedding was on November 20, 1947 at Westminster Abbey. They welcomed their first child, Prince Charles, nearly a year later, on November 14, 1948.

Charles Anson, a former press secretary of the Queen, told People that the Queen is likely handling her husband's death with her usual "steady and calm" approach:

"She would have thought about this moment several times, and her way would be to remain as steady and as calm as possible," Anson said. "That comes naturally to her through her temperament and her experience."

Prince Philip born on June 10, 1921 in Corfu, an island of Greece. He had four sisters: Cecile, Margarita, Theodora, and Sophie—all of whom were princesses before they passed away. He and Elizabeth were actually distant cousins. They are both great-great grandchildren of Queen Victoria.

His death follows a hospitalization earlier this year. The Palace confirmed that Philip "underwent a successful procedure for a pre-existing heart condition at St Bartholomew’s Hospital."

He was initially admitted to King Edward VII Hospital in London in February. The news of his surgery came just after Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's big Oprah interview on CBS.

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